At Governors State University, the University Curriculum Committee, a standing committee of the Faculty Senate, provides oversight to the assigning of credit hours for courses and programs in conjunction with the Office of the Provost.
Governors State University abides by the guidelines set forth by The Illinois Board of Higher Education and described in the document posted by Bruce Rauner Governor, Lindsay Anderson, Chairwoman, Information for Institutions of Higher Education Related to Operating Authority and/or Degree-Granting Authority, revised October 2015, available at: http://www.ibhe.org/Academic%20Affairs/academicPrg/default.htm which states,
"Credit Hour: A measure of academic credit earned for completion of a course or program of study. Since most Illinois institutions currently utilize semester credit hours, the IBHE generally uses "semester credit hours or the equivalent" to define requirements. One semester credit hour is operationalized as 15 contact hours per term. Equivalencies are based on this general measure (see "Semester Credit Hour" and "Quarter Credit Hour")." Page 7
"Semester Credit Hour: A measure of academic credit earned for completion of a course or program of study. One semester credit hour is generally earned for 15 contact hours per term. Each contact hour is expected to require two hours of additional work outside the classroom for preparation and assignments (see "Credit Hour" and "Quarter Credit Hour"). This two-hour standard is also specified in the Code of Federal Regulations." Pages 15-16
As noted in the Introduction, " This resource is designed to be used in conjunction with Illinois Administrative Code, Title 23, Ch. II, Sec. 1030 and 1050. This resource is intended to assist institutions in compliance with the Administrative Code. At any time the materials presented in this resource appear in conflict with either the Administrative Code or Compiled Statutes, this resource is superseded."